Reviews

In Difference

By Craig Barry. Form Dance Projects. Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. 2-4 March 2017

Coinciding with the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney this weekend, In Difference embodies the theme of this year’s festival – “creating equality”.

The Executioner

Written and directed by Simon Lancione. Beating Heart Theatre Company. Adelaide Fringe. The Bas3ment. March 1st- 4th and 15th – 18th, 2017

A dramatic monologue can be a confronting and/or emotional experience for both the actor and the audience. The Executioner at the Bas3ment falls short on both counts. One of the first rules of theatre is to engage. This script is a 50 minute rant of random thoughts going through the character's head, and this reviewer was not engaged.

Wot? No Fish!!

By Danny Braverman. bread&circuses. Adelaide Festival. AC Arts Main Theatre. March 3rd – 7th, 2017

6pm on a Friday night after a long week is generally the time you are looking forward to going home to relax with a nice dinner and maybe a drink. Well, there is no dinner at AC Arts but there is Gefilte Fish and a storyteller extraordinaire. In a collaboration between Danny Braverman and Nick Phillipou, the audience hears the story of Braverman’s Great Uncle Ab Solomons through his wage packet art.

Mark Colvin’s Kidney

By Tommy Murphy. Directed by David Berthold. Belvoir, Sydney. Feb 25 - Apr 2, 2017

The story of one of the ABC’s most distinguished journalists - and how he received a kidney donation from an incredibly unlikely source - is a very unusual one for the stage. But Australian theatre has matured so much in recent years that these types of challenges are embarked upon with gusto. The results are fine indeed.

Dancing with Death

Pichet Klunchun Dance Company. Asia Topa, Arts Centre Melbourne – State Theatre. 2-4 March 2017

Dancing with Death is rarified theatrical adventure and immersive journey through the medium of an extremely unique form of modern dance. 

Creator Pichet Klunchun is a highly regarded Thai dancer and choreographer of international renown.  He first worked with traditional Thai dance and then went on to study in America and subsequently has participated in intercultural performing arts programs in Asia, North America and Europe.  This work has been commissioned through our Government’s funding of Asia TOPA’s commissioning program. 

Evita

Lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Gosford Musical Society. Director: Gareth Davis. Musical Director: Ben Ross. Choreographer: Amanda Woodbine. Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford. March 4-18, 2017

Eva Peron (1919-1952), the legendary first lady of Argentina, rose from poverty to become one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. Her amazing, short life is the subject of myth and legend. This fact really wasn't brought to prominent international recognition until the Lloyd-Webber/Rice concept album Evita came to light in 1976, followed by it's Brechtian style musical in 1978.

Wait Until Dark

By Frederick Knott. Canberra Repertory. Directed by Jordan Best. Theatre 3, Acton A.C.T. 23 February to 11 March 2017

With a plot that — albeit riddled with holes — is complex enough to be intriguing to the end, Wait Until Dark challenges a housewife who has lost her sight to recognise the deceits in a confidence game that three villains run on her in order to motivate her to find a missing doll.  The doll is, of course, merely a vehicle for something more sinister, and it is plain from early on that their determination to possess it makes the villains extremely dangerous.

 

Mr Stink

Play by Maryam Master, based on the book by David Walliams. A CDP Kids Production. Directed by Jonathan Biggins. Seymour Centre, Sydney, February 27, 2017, and touring.

David Walliams’ children’s story Mr Stink, adapted for the stage by Maryam Master, is thoroughly enchanting, full of fun and laughter for children and adults. A theatrical delight. A comedy for all ages.

CDP Production of Mr Stink is on tour in Australia in 2017 after being nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award after it’s 2016 premiere at the Sydney Opera House.

Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks

Adelaide Fringe. Magic Mirror Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights. 28th February, 2017

Ross Wilson has been a part of the music industry for over 50 years, starting in a blues band called The Pink Finks when he was in school, then going on to have commercial success with bands such as Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock.

The 2017 Adelaide Fringe audience were lucky enough to experience a selection of his back catalogue for 60 minutes and although the venue resembled a sauna in Adelaide’s century heat, it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by: Steven Canny & John Nicholson. Hobart Repertory Theatre. Directed by Scott Hunt. Playhouse Theatre, Hobart. 24 February – 11 March 2017

Some literary and theatrical legends have been around so long, it won’t damage the essence of the mystery if they are played about with. So is the case with Sherlock Holmes’ mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles. With a comedic, spoofy reworking by Steven Canny & John Nicholson, The Hound was chosen by Hobart Repertory Theatre as a drawcard for audiences as a good way to give the public lots of laughs.

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